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Podcast: Einstein's Distant Parallelism

This week on the podcast I'm talking with physicist Paul Halpern about Einstein's theory of distant parallelism. Never heard of it? It was on the front page of the New York Times in 1929. Einstein himself said it was more important than general relativity. The head of the NYU physics department predicted that it might give us antigravity devices. So what happened? It turns out the theory was doomed from the beginning. Wolfgang Pauli finally convinced Einstein to let go of distant parallelism, but it wasn't the last time Einstein had bet his hand on a theory that didn't pan out. Check out the podcast to hear more.


  1. Very interesting. It is not surprising that Einstein had theories that did not pan out. No one, especially a genius, can be right every time! Had he been afraid of being wrong, it is doubtful he would have discovered any thing of real significance!

    1. And yet this theory is becoming apparently true as science progresses, hence a number of people looking to the electric universe theories to dismiss gravity.. If only we would try finding parallels perhaps we could complete his idea..

  2. I think in the field of physics one is fortunate to get one or two theories to pan out.Richard Feynman had a good way of analyzing his own ideas and would likely have thrown it out before sending it to the press.

  3. The majority of this podcast is about how the podcaster doesn't know much about the mechanics of innovation.

    You *must* ignore the nay sayers or you will never reach beyond existing knowledge. Saying that he was "wrong" is fairly ignorant IMO. Wrongness is what's necessary to truly innovate.

    Innovation is the discovery of singular rightness swimming in a sea of wrongness. Nobody else is out in that sea with you or very, very few.

    Listening to any or all of the kids back in the kiddy pool isn't worthwhile. They'll all continually tell you you're wrong until you're absolutely right.

    1. Yes, one has to stand very strong indeed to ignore the counterforce of 'the kids' while still staying open to what is worthwhile nevertheless. this idea about distant parallism and looking for a view of totality sounds at least still interesting to me. it would be a pity if the one who is more open to such kind of explorations would be abandonded to the fringes of our universe, locked away in some kind of parallel universe swimming in the ocean all alone. The very very few companions are important :) isa

  4. My guess is after all he was at it, point!

  5. Einstein was not only wrong but he was a fraud. After more than a century his fraud was exposed and his space-time concept including his formula E=mc^2 was proved baseless in the published paper 'Experimental & Theoretical Evidences of Fallacy of Space-time Concept and Actual State of Existence of the Physical Universe' which everybody could read at Alternative theory proves all forces of nature are electromagnetic forces including gravity & nuclear forces. There is a standing open challenge to the paradigm shift of Einstein at

  6. well its a great theory..but too advanced for anyone to understand..except a very few people

  7. The Special Theory of Relativity is completely erroneous since it is based on the wrong kind of transformations: they have lost the scale factor characterizing the Doppler effect. First, Lorentz considered a more general form of transformations (with a scale factor), but then he, and also Poincare and Einstein equated it 1 without proper grounds. Their form was artificially narrowed, the formulas became incorrect. This led to a logical contradiction of the theory, to unsolvable paradoxes. Accordingly, GRT is also incorrect.
    For more details, see my brochure "Memoir on the Theory of Relativity and Unified Field Theory" (2000):


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